The Social Foundations of World Trade (Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law)

The Social Foundations of World Trade (Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law)

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Sungjoon Cho
Cambridge University Press, 12/18/2014
EAN 9781107036611, ISBN10: 1107036615

Hardcover, 266 pages, 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

As highlighted by Pascal Lamy, the former head of the WTO, world trade traditionally involves state-to-state contracts and is based on an anachronistic 'monolocation' production/trade model. It therefore struggles to handle new patterns of trade such as global value chains, which are based on a 'multilocation' model. Although it continues to provide world trade on a general level with a powerful heuristic, the traditional 'rationalist' approach inevitably leaves certain descriptive and normative blind spots. Descriptively, it fails to explain important ideational factors, such as culture and norms, which can effectively guide the behaviour of trading nations with or without material factors such as interests and utilities. Normatively, the innate positivism of the traditional model makes it oblivious to the moral imperatives of the current world trading system, such as development. This book emphatically redresses these blind spots by reconstructing the WTO as a world trade community from a social perspective.

1. Introduction
reconstructing the world trading system
2. Two frameworks on an international organization
3. The world trade community
4. Norms and discourse
the internal operation of the world trade community
5. The world trade constitution
external relationships of the world trade community
6. Evaluation
the legitimacy of the world trade community
7. Conclusion
building the world trade community.